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How To Setup Open DNS On Your Computer.

How to setup Open DNS on your Windows computer. Using Open DNS servers you could see an improvement in your Internet speed but perhaps more importantly, you get adult website content filtering and phishing protection built in.

For a more in depth guide to what the Domain Name System is and how it works click What Is DNS?

How To Setup OpenDNS.

Setting your computer up to use the OpenDNS servers is fairly easy and straightforward to do.

Click the Start button and then type “view network connections“. Click View Network Connections (Control Panel).

When the Network Connections page opens, right click on your network adapter to open the options menu. On the options menu, left click Properties.

Setting up Open DNS on a PC.
To configure your DNS settings, open Network Connections.
Right click options menu open and Properties is highlighted.
Right click your network adapter and then click Properties.

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) by left clicking on it once and then click the Properties button.

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is magnified.
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties Box.

Your computer might be set to “Obtain DNS server address automatically”. If it is, then change it to “Use the following DNS server address” by clicking the radio button.

If your computer is already set to “Use the following DNS server address”, then there will be some numbers (IP addresses) entered into the boxes below.

Write these down and keep them. If you decide later that Open DNS isn’t for you, you can return to the original settings by re-entering these numbers (IP addressees) into the relevant boxes.

"Obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected.
Change this setting to “Use the following DNS server address”
"Use the following DNS server addresses" is selected. Callout reads "Write these numbers down".
But if you’re already set to “Use the following DNS server address”, make a note of the IP addresses in the boxes.

Set Your PC To Use The Open DNS Servers.

You have to enter the IP address for the OpenDNS servers.

Preferred DNS server is 208.67.222.123

Alternative DNS server is 208.67.220.123

Click the OK button when done.

OpenDNS server addresses entered into the Preferred and Alternative address boxes. Also the OK button is highlighted.
Enter the OpenDNS server addresses and click the OK button.

Once that’s done you can close any open windows and launch your web browser (Chrome, Edge etc). All your DNS queries are now being resolved by the Open DNS servers.

Test it out. Try making several searches and checking that you actually reach the websites. Start with a couple of well known sites such as Amazon, eBay etc. If that works OK, try a few random searches.

Open DNS Content Filtering.

One of the best reasons for using OpenDNS is its ability to block adult websites before they even load onto your computer. You simply can’t get to them.

You can search Google for them and you’ll see the results show up as usual, but if you click on a link, you’ll find that it’s blocked.

Known phishing websites are also blocked.

Cisco Ubrella page informs user that the website is blocked.
That website is blocked.

Content Filtering Isn’t Perfect.

Any sort of content filtering will always make mistakes. Sometimes websites that should be blocked will actually get through and other times perfectly legitimate sites will be blocked. Nothing’s perfect, it’s just a fact of life.

Summary.

Setting up a computer like this, to use the OpenDNS servers, only affects that one machine. Any other devices that you’ve got in the house (other PCs, smart phones etc) will still be using your ISP’s default DNS servers.

If you’re only looking to increase your Internet performance/speed, then there are other free DNS servers that you can try. How To Switch To Google Public DNS.

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